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Eden Hazard injured days after claiming that he is “back to normal” – report
Eden Hazard has been one of the most unfortunate footballers in Europe ever since his big-money move to Santiago Bernabeu.
Once revered as one of the best footballers in Europe, Hazard has suffered from a myriad of injuries at Real Madrid. Those have directly contributed to his lack of performance that has eventually seen him move behind in the pecking order.
Although Hazard’s injury woes looked to have settled down a bit this season – the player himself had suggested that he is back to ‘normal’ at the end of last month – it appears the forward has picked up yet another injury.
This has been reported by Jose Luis Sanchez, who believes the Belgian international is currently suffering from muscle discomfort. It could potentially rule him out for the upcoming Champions League game against Celtic.
Hazard’s absence in this midweek clash could serve as a major blow for the attacker, who has fallen behind the likes of Rodrygo, Vinicius and even Marco Asensio in the pecking order.
With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Hazard himself could have wanted every starting opportunity he gets, in an attempt to prove his quality. But it appears he could spend the Celtic game out on the sidelines.
His absence against the Scottish opponent could see Carlo Ancelotti provide another starting opportunity for Asensio. The Spaniard is one of few Real Madrid players in contention to become a part of the Spain squad for the World Cup and it could be crucial for him to gain some minutes.
Interestingly, though, Asensio has become a subject of interest for Barcelona, who are reportedly considering a Bosman move for the Real Madrid attacker in 2023.
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Real Madrid forward sends clear message over future amidst Barcelona links
Marco Asensio is fighting for his future at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no concrete decision made by the club over his renewal as of yet.
Some reports had suggested that the club had tabled an offer worth €4 million per year, which the Spaniard did not like as he sought a higher pay packet closer to around €6 million-a-year.
With his future a subject of intense speculation, Asensio had been linked with a move away to Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, closer to home, there were strong links to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona. Indeed, the Catalans have been touted as potential suitors for Asensio for quite some time now due to the fact that he is represented by Jorge Mendes.
The superagent has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and reports in Spain have suggested that the Real Madrid winger has, indeed, been offered to the current La Liga leaders.
Amidst these speculations, however, Asensio has seemingly made it clear as to where his heart lies as he awaits a decision on his future.
During last night’s El Clasico against Barcelona, the Real Madrid winger came on as a substitute and went on to score a goal, following which he celebrated at Camp Nou, pointing to the Real Madrid logo on his shirt, showing where his allegiances lie.
The goal, however, was disallowed by the VAR, and Los Blancos ended up losing the game 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Franck Kessie.
Earlier today, Asensio took to Instagram and posted a picture of him celebrating with his finger pointing to the Real Madrid logo, reiterating his commitment to the club amidst the links to Barcelona.
As for his disallowed goal, it sparked an angry reaction from Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned the legitimacy of the decision made by the VAR during his post-match press conference.